Spider-Man: Edge of Time

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Fight as two different web-slingers in time-travel romp.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 7 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this game.

Positive Messages

The message, as with most comic book-inspired video games, is good can defeat evil. Both Spider-Man characters fight against crime in two different time periods.


Positive Role Models & Representations

While Spider-Man is a "good guy" who fights back against evil, combat is the central gameplay element in this game, therefore some might question if he is a good role model or not. Overall, however, Spider-Man -- as a Marvel character -- is a clean, admirable role model.

Ease of Play

Somewhat easy to play, especially if you follow along with the mandatory tutorial at the start of the single-player adventure.


The fighting is fast and furious in this game, with plenty of melee attacks -- such as punches and kicks -- as well as some web-based ranged weapons. Bad guys may be using guns. There isn't any blood, but without question it's a violent game. Some scenes show the combat in slow-motion for dramatic effect.


Most of the female characters in the game wear tight-fitting and cleavage-revealing outfits. Some suggestive dialogue includes a female enemy who says "Ooo, smack me around, big boy," which has violent undertones, too, as well as feeling "frisky."


There is some mild language in the game, including "damn," "hell" and "piss off."


The game is based on Marvel's Spider-Man character -- with products that include comic books, movies, and toys, to name a few -- but there aren't any overt brand plugs outside of that (such as in-game advertising).

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know SPIDER-MAN: EDGE OF TIME was designed with teens and adults in mind, as it focuses heavily on combat. Both Spider-Man characters each have their own unique skills but usually involve punching and kicking enemies and using web-based weapons range attacks, too. Enemies fall but don't bleed. It's not out of context for a comic book-inspired game, but it's something parents should be aware of. There is also some suggestive dialogue, revealing female outfits, and mild profanity.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySpidermanFan1993 June 15, 2013

Great Game - 3DS Review

This is one of the best spider-man games that I have ever played. It has a great storyline that just sucks you in from the moment you start playing. However, th... Continue reading
Kid, 8 years old September 6, 2017

Great in many ways

This video game is an awesome experience. The only problem is the graphics. (When Spider-man puts on his mask in one scene, you see his hair sticking out from t... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byCyberStryker August 2, 2016

Could use a bit of tweaking with kids in mind

Who said that there was sex in this game? Not true. The closest thing is an outfit. The instructions are a bit unclear at first but you get used to it later. On... Continue reading

What's it about?

In Activision's latest Marvel adventure -- SPIDER-MAN: EDGE OF TIME –- gamers can assume the role of not one but two different web-slingers: the Amazing Spider-Man of today and Spider-Man 2099 of the future. Both Spideys need to work together -- across two different parallel universes -- to save each other from a mysterious villain capable of traveling back through time in order to change the future. Penned by acclaimed Marvel writer Peter David (co-creator of Spider-Man 2099), these two distinct timelines have a \"cause and effect\" impact as your actions today might trigger an event for Spider-Man in the future -- and the immediate effects can be seen via a picture-in-picture view. Each Spider-Man has his own unique abilities and fighting styles; the acrobatic Amazing Spider-Man enjoys a new \"hyper sense\" mode, for example, while the technologically-enhanced Spider-Man 2099 has an \"accelerated decoy\" capability to fool enemies.

Is it any good?

While Spider-Man: Edge of Time presents an interesting concept about time travel, the execution is just so-so. This single-player game has a few exciting moments and enjoys high-quality production (including sharp graphics and solid voice-acting), but the story is convoluted, environments are bland, and most enemies don't pose much of a challenge. Sure, the controls are responsive while engaging in combat against thugs, cyborgs, and mutant baddies, and the repertoire of moves between both Spideys adds some variety, but once you play for an hour or two the action grows repetitive. Plus, there aren't that many boss battles to look forward to either. For an 8- to 10-hour campaign -- with little incentive to play again and no multiplayer support –- it's hard to recommend this game as $60 purchase. Instead, Spider-Man fans should rent it for a couple of bucks over a weekend. A better gaming pick is last year's Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.

Note: The Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions are the same, while the Nintendo Wii game has a different control scheme and doesn't offer HD graphics.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether video game violence is more acceptable when it's good fighting against evil, rather than having the ability to hurt or kill innocent civilians. Does it matter?

  • This game is based on a comic book universe that has a lot of fantasy violence. How would you respond if the game had no violence?

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